COL FB: West Virginia 41, Rutgers 31

Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Quarterback Geno Smith ran for the eventual game-winning score late in the fourth quarter Saturday, propelling No. 24 West Virginia to a 41-31 win over Rutgers.

West Virginia (6-2, 2-1 Big East) grabbed the lead for good with 6 minutes remaining when Smith led an 11-play, 89-yard drive all the way down to the Rutgers 1-yard line.

Trailing 31-28, the Mountaineers elected to go for the touchdown rather than kick a field goal and Smith scored on a keeper, sprinting to the right corner of the end zone and diving across the goal line for the go-ahead points.

Smith threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

Shawne Alston rushed 14 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Rutgers (5-3, 2-2) lost despite a 235-yard performance from Gary Nova, who tossed for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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